‘Soul Train’ coming to the big screen

Posted: Tue., Aug. 25, 2009, 8:00pm PT @ http://www.VARIETY.com

WB taps Spellman to write film based on showDon C Hosting Soul Train

By MICHAEL FLEMING

Warner Bros. has hired Malcolm Spellman to write a feature based on the classic TV show “Soul Train.”

Darryl Porter and Aaron Geller of Porter/Geller Prods. will produce with Don Cornelius, the host and producer of the famed show, which ran from 1971-2006.

Spellman said that he’s writing a film set in the 1980s.

See the VARIETY article in its entirety here.

I sure wish this was going to be set in the 1970s … but I’ll take what I can get 😉

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Former Motown singer loses Detroit council seat

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

(08-04) 20:48 PDT DETROIT, (AP) —

Former Motown singer Martha Reeves’ tenure on the Detroit City Council will end after one term.

Reeves lost in the city’s nonpartisan primary Tuesday.

The 68-year-old Reeves tells Detroit’s WDIV-TV that she’ll concentrate on her music career.

Her first record was released in 1961. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 as a member of Martha & The Vandellas.

Of the six incumbents running for re-election, only Reeves failed to move on to the Nov. 6 general election.

She has been criticized for missing council meetings and for voting against a state plan to turn Detroit’s Cobo Center over to a regional authority. The convention center hosts the North American International Auto Show each January.

SOURCE: SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2009/08/04/national/a204841D03.DTL

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June 2009 Is Black Music Month in the USA & UK.

Clip Art Graphic of a Lime Green Guy CharacterI just got through searching the White House Web Site to find  a Presidential Proclamation in the Press Releases proclaiming June 2009 Black Music Month as former President Bush first proclaimed on 5/31/2002. Perhaps I am too early on this evening of 5/31/09 and it will be released 6/1/09.

Nevertheless I am sure “Black Music Month” will continue on in  perpetuity so I feel safe in making this post.

Besides, it is a bit wacky that we need the American government to proclaim to the United States, that they must acknowledged the great and varied contributions people of color have made to the heart and soul of American Music. The contributions of Black people to American music are everywhere and if you love music you appreciate those contributions every day!

AOL Black Voices has a blog to celebrate Black Music Month, but it only seems touch on the last two or three decades of music. You may read the archives of here at OSML to delve a little deeper, back to the early Seventies, Sixties and late Fifties Doo-Wop era.  And there might even be a few surprises this month to school you even more — so stay tuned.

June is also British Black Music Month (BBMM) and has been since 2006.

The month of June, here at OSML, will feature the Motown Male Vocal Groups, in our continued tribute to the year of Motown 50.

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Marley’s “One Love” tops Jamaica’s best song list

KINGSTON (Reuters) – Reggae legend Bob Marley‘s “One Love” topped a list of Jamaica’s 100 best songs over 50 years that was unveiled on Tuesday by a panel of musicians and cultural officials associated with the University of the West Indies.

Marley, whose mastery of reggae made him an international superstar, had nine selections in the top 100 and two in the top 10, with “Simmer Down” landing at No. 9. His popular “No Woman No Cry” was picked No. 12 and “Redemption Song” No. 14.

“One Love” recorded the highest score, 726 points, well ahead of the 540 points given to the second placed song, “O Carolina,” which was originally recorded by the Folkes Brothers and redone by internationally acclaimed artist Shaggy.

The university’s department of government said it has received a mixed response to the list, which it expected. Many critics have said more songs from the last decade should have been included among the records released from 1957 to 2007.

“People have said to me that they wanted more of the deejay and dancehall songs included, but like in everything else, you can’t please everybody,” Wayne Chen told a university symposium announcing the list.

“I would have loved to see some more dub music, because I am a fan of dub, but that did not happen,” he said.

The panel was headed by former Finance and Planning Minister Omar Davies and included businessman Chen, musicologist Vaughn “Bunny” Goodison, Frankie Campbell, who heads the popular Fab Five band, broadcaster Francois St. Juste, journalist Basil Walters, and musician Sly Dunbar of the band Sly and Robbie fame. A limited number of members of the public were also allowed to vote.

The Top 10 songs and the singers were:

1. “One Love” – Bob Marley & the Wailers

2. “Oh Carolina” – The Folkes Brothers

3. “54-45” – The Maytals

4. “Got to Go Back Home” – Bob Andy

5. “My Boy Lollipop” – Millie Small

6. “Many Rivers To Cross” – Jimmy Cliff

7. “Israelites” – Desmond Dekker and the Aces

8. “Cherry Oh Baby” – Eric Donaldson

9. “Simmer Down” – Bob Marley & the Wailers

10. “Carry Go Bring Come” – Justin Hinds & the Dominos

(Reporting by Horace Helps, Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)

(SOURCE)

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OMG – I forgot about some of these songs. Looks like this is a new Monthly Theme for me! Jamaican Oldies! Yippe!

Great list and great news!

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Camden honors one of its own: Leon Huff

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009, 11:49am EDT

Philadelphia Business Journal

Camden, N.J., will honor one of the creators of the Sound of Philadelphia on Wednesday.

The city will rename Mulford Street as Leon Huff Way, in honor of Leon Huff, half of the Gamble and Huff songwriting partnership. The Camden-born Huff turns 67 on Wednesday.

Huff and music partner Kenneth Gamble wrote more than 3,000 songs, including “Back Stabbers,” “Love Train,” “For The Love Of Money,” “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” and “Don’t Leave Me This Way.”

In the 1960s and ’70s, they competed with Motown Records in Detroit. With the hits, the pair’s Philadelphia International Records earned the nickname “the Sound of Philadelphia,” or TSOP for short.

Last year, Gamble and Huff were admitted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Huff was raised on Ferry Avenue in Camden’s Centerville neighborhood. His mother played piano and organ for the 19th Street Baptist Church. Huff got his start in doo-wop groups and met Gamble in 1965 in an elevator at the Shubert Theater in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia International Records and a subsidiary, Gamble-Huff Music, still has headquarters at 309 S. Broad St. in Philadelphia.

SOURCE : © American City Business Journals Inc. All rights reserved.

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The Miracles To Get Walk Of Fame Star

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March 14th, 2009 5:00pm

Smokey Robinson’s soul super group The Miracles are to be honored with the 2,381st star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The founding members of the group, including Robinson and Pete Moore, will unveil the star on March 20.

Motown boss Berry Gordy and soul legend Stevie Wonder will honor the Miracles.

Source: Starpulse Entertainment News Blog


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March 24, 2009

Just wanted to follow-up on this post by saying that the Miracles “Star Ceremony” was held last Friday, March 20, 2008.  There is a short AP article and photo from the event here at the Fox News Web Site.

Congratulations Miracles. This was way, way, way overdue!

PS. Claudette Robinson is still absolutely stunning. Check the  photo! You go girl!

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VIPs salute label in famed Studio A

“It was a little cold Monday for dancing in the street.

But the celebration was lively indoors as music veterans and civic dignitaries assembled at the Motown Historical Museum to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Motown Records.”

Read all about it at FREEP.COM BY BRIAN McCOLLUM • FREE PRESS POP MUSIC WRITER • January 13, 2009

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